Fresno Burn Injury Lawyers
Being the victim of a severe burn accident can be traumatizing, and your injuries can be life-changing. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you could be permanently scarred or disfigured, and this can impact how you move about your world. Your injuries or disability resulting from a burn injury accident may be so severe that you’re unable to fully return to your life as it was prior to your accident. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a burn injury accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
Contact the Fresno personal injury lawyers of OnderLaw, LLC after a burn accident. Our partners are experienced in burn injury cases and many other types of personal injury cases, and we are prepared to handle yours. Call us at (314) 963-9000 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Following an accident, it’s important for you to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. An attorney can make a big difference in whether you get all the compensation you need or hardly any.
Additionally, a lawyer can help you with all of the stress and headache associated with filing a personal injury case. All the investigation, paperwork, and negotiations involved can be time-consuming and confusing. Insurance companies are not interested in paying you what you deserve. They’re interested in saving money. As a result, they’re interested in paying you the lowest amount possible in damages related to your case. An experienced attorney can make sure that you’re not taken advantage of by insurance companies and their tactics.
When you have a skilled lawyer on your side, they can step in and negotiate on your behalf so that you receive the full amount of compensation owed to you.
Why Choose OnderLaw, LLC?
The team at OnderLaw, LLC has been providing legal counsel and representation for nearly two decades. Throughout the years, our partners have achieved outstanding results on behalf of the clients we’ve represented. We’re proud to report that we’ve recovered several billion dollars in compensation for personal injury claims victims.
Additionally, our firm and our partners are recognized by several respected legal institutions throughout the nation, such as Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America. Only 1% of lawyers are invited to become members of either of those groups.
With OnderLaw, LLC, you can focus on your recovery with peace of mind, knowing that you have top-notch legal representation. Our attorneys are skilled, experienced, and compassionate. We want to help you get the full amount of money payable to you to help you recover from your injuries and get on with your life.
Causes of Burn Injury Accidents
Accidents that result in burn injuries can have many causes. Some of the most common include:
- Faulty fire alarms
- Hot liquids or steam
- Hot metals, glass, or other objects
- Electrical currents
- Vehicle crashes
Common Injuries Suffered in Burn Injury Accidents
Burns can be minimal, like when you accidentally touch a hot curling iron in passing, or they can be severe, such as those resulting from a house fire where a victim is trapped. Burns are categorized by health professionals in this way.
- First-degree burns involve the top layer of skin. Sunburns are first-degree burns. There are no blisters associated with this type of burn.
- Second-degree burns involve the top two layers of skin. The skin will be swollen, bright red, blistered, and may appear wet and shiny. This burn will hurt if you touch it.
- Third-degree burns are called “full-thickness burns.” Two full layers of skin are destroyed, and this level of burn destroys nerve endings. The burn may be black, white, yellow, or brown.
- Fourth-degree burns are most severe. They destroy all layers of skin, as well as muscles, tendons, and bones. These burns can be life-threatening.
The injuries that result from burn accidents can be extreme. In the most severe cases, these conditions may result:
- Tissue damage
Compensation for a Burn Injury Accident Claim
You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries and other losses after an accident in which you were burned. How much compensation you can get depends on the severity of your injuries and other factors. The following types of compensation may be available to you:
- Medical expenses. You can receive compensation for the payment of medical expenses you incur during your recovery, such as x-rays, hospital visits, emergency room visits, physical therapy, massage therapy, surgery, prescription medications, chiropractor visits, and more.
- Lost income. You may be able to recover money for wages you lost because you had to miss time from work because of your injuries. This includes past, present, and future lost income.
- Loss of earning capacity. The injuries you sustain as a result of your accident may be so severe or disabling that you are unable to return to work, losing the ability to provide for yourself and your family. If this is the case for you, you may be entitled to damages for past, present, and future lost income as a result of your accident.
- Pain and suffering. It may be possible for you to obtain compensation for the pain and suffering you endure as a result of the accident and your injuries. This includes past, present, and future pain and suffering.
- Emotional distress. The experience of being involved in a burn accident may be so traumatic that you develop conditions like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You may be entitled to compensation for the emotional trauma caused by the accident.
- Loss of enjoyment of life. You may be injured so severely or become disabled due to an accident to the extent that you are unable to participate in activities you once enjoyed pre-accident. You may be entitled to money for your loss of enjoyment of life.
- Loss of consortium. If you and your family have lost a loved one due to an accident or injury, you may be able to receive compensation for loss of consortium, otherwise known as the loss of the love and companionship of the deceased.
Proving Negligence in California
In California, everyone is responsible for their actions, both intentional and otherwise. If someone’s actions result in your injury because they weren’t careful or mismanaged their property, they can be found negligent. For example, if your job requires you to handle flammable materials but your boss doesn’t provide you with the proper safety gear, and you sustain injuries as a result, your boss was negligent. They failed to provide you with the tools needed to perform your job correctly and safely.
In order to obtain compensation based upon a claim of negligence, you’ll need to prove that someone else was at least partly responsible for the accident in which you were injured. You’ll also have to show that you were actually injured in the accident and that your injuries caused you to experience losses.
California is a pure comparative negligence state. Even if you were partly responsible for the accident, you can still obtain compensation for your losses. Say, for example, that the court finds that you’re entitled to $50,000 in damages for the injuries and losses you sustained in the accident but also finds that you were 20 percent at fault for the accident. You would still be entitled to collect 80 percent of the damages you’re entitled to, or $40,000.
Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Lawsuits
The amount of time you have to file a lawsuit after an accidental injury is governed by each state’s statute of limitations. In California, the statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits is two years from the date of injury. However, this is not the case if you are filing suit against a city, county, or California state government agency. The statute of limitations in those cases is six months from the date of injury. If you fail to file your lawsuit within the set timeframe, your case may be dismissed altogether, and you will miss out on the opportunity to pursue compensation through the court system.
For this reason, it is important that you seek legal counsel immediately following an accident so that you have the best chance of accessing the full amount of damages payable to you after an accident. An attorney can help you through the entire process of filing a personal injury claim and lawsuit, if necessary. They can ensure that you have all the appropriate documents submitted in the correct timeframe so that you don’t miss out on the compensation owed to you.
California Accident Statistics
Fire accident injuries and deaths occur nearly every day across the nation. Some California fire statistics follow.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there were 116 fire home fatalities in California in 2020, with four additional fatalities being those of active, on-duty firefighters.
Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that unintentional fires/burns caused 6,348 infants less than a year old and 30,880 toddlers between the ages of one and four to require a trip to the emergency room for the injuries they sustained in 2019.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 180,000 deaths occur every year due to burns.
Contact a Fresno Burn Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a burn accident, do not wait to call the skilled and experienced legal team at OnderLaw, LLC. You can either call us at (314) 963-9000 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.